Survey shows Samford students shun snuggling

CAITRIN WILLIAMSFeatures Editor

(Graph courtesy of Sarah Norville, Art Director / Web Editor)

(Graph courtesy of Sarah Norville, Art Director / Web Editor)

The ring by spring movement is already in full force. With so many couples preparing to tie the knot, romance must be flowing through the student body. Instead, many students polled are not in love with public displays of affection on campus.

According to a Crimson survey distributed via Facebook and Twitter, 46 percent of students said that PDA on campus bothers them. All but four of the 124 surveyed said that holding hands was tolerable, 77 percent are OK with a brief kiss in public and almost 64 per­cent do not mind a tender hug.

However, when it comes to more involved displays, Samford students are not so supportive—32 percent think snuggling in public is decent, 14 percent find canoodling, which is de­fined as caressing or pet­ting, to be all right, and less than five percent tol­erate publicly making out.

But why are Samford students so put off by public romance?

“It just kind of creeps me out,” sophomore nu­trition and dietetics major Hannah Gilliland said.

Others do not neces­sarily have a problem with public romance, but would rather not know exactly how people show their significant others their feelings.

“Ignorance is bliss,” se­nior graphic design major Caroline Mortensen said.

According to a survey conducted by Women’s Health and Men’s Health magazines, men are typi­cally more supportive of PDA. More than 50 per­cent of men polled said they would touch their partner’s derrière in pub­lic, while less than 37 per­cent of women said they would do the same.

Senior history major Andrew McIntosh said he is not bothered by oth­ers’ PDA “as long as they aren’t making out.”

(Graph courtesy of Sarah Norville, Art Director / Web Editor)

(Graph courtesy of Sarah Norville, Art Director / Web Editor)

Similarly, senior public administration major Al­len Dement said, “I have no problem with [PDA], as long as they’re not, you know, [having sex].”

Senior management ma­jor Laura Lynn Williams offered her thoughts via Twitter, saying caring needs sharing if in public: “If you aren’t gonna [sic] give me a sensual back rub in the Caf, then you can’t give them to her. Didn’t your mom teach sharing?”

Williams also offered an axiom for those consider­ing cozying up with one another in public: “What would Andy [Westmore­land] do?”

Senior journalism and mass communication major Rebekah Robinson suggested that perhaps Samford students are less keen on the idea of PDA because “we’re a little prudish but for a Chris­tian school, [Samford is] more lenient.”

In fact, Samford’s stu­dent handbook only re­stricts affectionate in­teractions by forbidding intercourse, heterosexual or homosexual, establish­ing visitation hours in res­idence halls and requiring that the student’s door be open at least six inches while a guest of the oppo­site sex is in the room.

(Graph courtesy of Sarah Norville, Art Director / Web Editor)

(Graph courtesy of Sarah Norville, Art Director / Web Editor)

Over 68 percent of stu­dents who participated in our survey think that Samford’s visitation poli­cies are too strict, 32 per­cent conceded that the policies are fair and none believed that they needed to be made more strict. A case could be made that Samford’s restrictive visitation policies cause students to spend more amorous time together in campus’s open spaces.

Nevertheless, freshman English major Madison Thomas said, “I’ve never seen anything too bad. People mostly keep it PG [rated].”

Keep in mind that four out of the 124 Samford students who participated in our survey said they do not think holding hands on campus is acceptable.

So next time you are snuggling up to your sweetie on the Quad, re­member that while the student handbook gives you loads of latitude, your peers may not.

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